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Unformatted text preview: s in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Neither IBP, nor
the USDA, would provide the names of those stores. “It’s very frustrating for us,” an Indiana health official told a reporter, explaining why
the beef containing broken glass could not easily be removed from supermarket shelves. “If they don’t give [the information] to us, there’s
not much we can do.”
In addition to letting meatpacking executives determine when to recall ground beef, how much needs to be recalled, and who should be
told about it, for years the USDA allowed these companies to help write the agency’s own press releases about the recalls. After the Hudson
Foods outbreak, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman ended the policy of submitting USDA recall announcements to meatpacking
companies for prior approval. Two years later, however, USDA officials proposed that the agency stop issuing any press releases about meat
recalls, leaving that task entirely to the meatpacking industry. That proposal was never adopted. In January of 2000, the USDA decided to
announce every meat recall with an official press release; the recalls are also noted on the agency’s Web site. The new policy, however, has
not made it any easier to learn where contaminated meat has been sold. “Press releases will not identify the specific recipients of...
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